By Jack Delaney on April 16, 2014
With the recent report that the New York Giants believed Eli Manning is on the decline, the fantasy value of several Giants plummeted. Signing Josh Freeman hasn't restored any faith in Manning, and his wide receivers are going to suffer greatly in the 2014 season. It is best to completely avoid any receiver in a Giants uniform in 2014.
Josh Freeman is known more for throwing interceptions than he is for throwing touchdown passes. If Manning became injured, Freeman would likely become the new signal caller, and any fantasy value that any receiver for the Giants may have had will completely disappear with Freeman leading the team.
Eli does not have many options in the passing attack, and defenses will focus on limiting the top receiver each game. Whether that is Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle or Mario Manningham, New York's receivers will find themselves stuck with difficult coverage.
The 33-year-old quarterback is closer to finishing his career than he is to starting it. Manning had the most interceptions of his career in 2013 with 27, and he had his lowest touchdown total since his rookie season with 18. You can read into those numbers as you like, but the fact is that the wide receivers on the Giants aren't going see that much improvement from their quarterback in 2014.
With the addition of Rashad Jennings, the potential return of David Wilson and Peyton Hillis still occupying a spot on the Giant's roster, the team will be much more focused on the rush in 2014. Running the ball more means less opportunity for wide receivers to score you fantasy points.
I know you were still thinking about drafting Victor Cruz, but you shouldn't. Cruz had less than 1,000 receiving yards in 2013 and only scored four touchdowns. With shaky quarterback play and age planning on slowing Cruz down, you must avoid him like the other New York receivers at all costs.
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